Submitted by: Carolyn Roberts, (retired) Kinston High School Kinston, NC Unit: Drawing or Painting Lesson: Composition with Red Hat Grade Level: High School (may be adapted for elementary and middle school)
Make a PowerPoint of works with Red Hats. Include in PowerPoint of Hats through the ages - show how hat styles have changed. What do hats tell us about the culture? What kind of hats are worn for work? for play?
Get a collection of hats from a local theater company (or maybe thrift shop or Goodwill). Have student imagine them to be red. Younger students will want to try the hats on so have some disinfectant spray. I can see some of you going from garage sale to garage sale buying outrageous hats and spray painting them all red!
Inspired by Modigliani - this could be about art styles This could be about fashion design.
Summary: Students had to create a work of art that included a "red hat", either as a focal point or as an accent in the picture. The picture could be in color or black and white with the hat in red and they could choose the medium that they wanted to use. Preliminary drawings in their sketchbooks were required prior to beginning the final work.
Research hat styles. What style of hat will work best for your idea?
Make sketches of the hat - try different arrangements/placements. If the hat is to be worn in a portrait - make sure it fits head properly and is in correct proportion to the head.
Make some thumbnail sketches of composition - select best one for composition.
Draw compositions on 12 x 18 (30.5 x 46 cm) Newsprint (or whatever size works for composition)